I am sure you've seen it in leaflets or worn by many people in different occasions - it's the simple but meaningful Red Ribbon.

"I do care" about HIV and AIDS, "I am concerned" about HIV and AIDS, "I do hope" for a cure to stop the suffering, "I do support" those living with HIV, the continuing education of those not infected, those who have lost friends, family members or loved ones to AIDS. This is what the Red Ribbon stands for.

The Red Ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV positive and people living with AIDS and it unites the people in the common fight against this disease. The Red Ribbon was created by Visual AIDS, a New York-based charity group of art professionals and created by singer/songwriter Paul Jabara. The 1st of Decenber was established as the World AIDS Day.

You need to understand that HIV / AIDS is a disease not a disgrace because there is a great need of solidarity, tolerance and non-discrimination. You do understand, don't you ?

I am sure you all offer gifts on Valentine's Day. Why won't you offer a Red Ribbon too ? It would be great to offer it not only on the 1st of December but every time you stand by those who need you. There are people that want to understand. There are people who understood too late. They all need you, so be there for them.

And if you don't want to wear it, it's OK. As long as you keep it in your mind it's great.